Grand send off scaled down in view of Easter Sunday catastrophe – SLC Secretary, Mohan de Silva
Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) launch of its official partners for Sri Lanka’s ICC Cricket World Cup Campaign took on a very solemn note on Friday remembering the innocent victims of the Easter Sunday catastrophe. The somber mood was echoed by SLC Secretary, Mohan de Silva. Announcing the sponsorship by Kent RO Systems Limited of India and Mas Holdings of Sri Lanka at Colombo’s Taj Samudra Hotel, he said, “The Easter Sunday bombings in one of the biggest catastrophe took away the mood of glory and fanfare in the send off preparations of the national cricket team. But they will rise as before, and we expect the players to play scintillating cricket to take away our sorrows and bring glory. The planned grand team send off that involved a big amount of spending had been scaled down as a mark of respect t do for the of the bomb victims.”
Kent Ro Systems Limited of India, a leader in the Ro Water Purifier category, has partnered as the principal sponsor of the Sri Lanka Team while MAS Holdings, a premier apparel and textile manufacturer in South Asia, is the national team’s Clothing Partner for the World Cup.
The SLC Secretary specially welcomed the team sponsor officials namely Mr. Vinith Kanda, Director of Kent Ro Systems and Mr. Shirendra Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of MAS Holdings and Ms. Sharika Senanayake, Director, Environmental Sustainability of Mas Holdings He said, “On behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket, I wish to specially welcome the representatives of Kent RO Systems Limited of India and Mas Holdings of Sri Lanka in coming forward to sponsor the Sri Lanka cricket team and honouring their pledge
at a time we are faced with so many issues. It has given us added strength and confidence.”
He further made special mention of the cricket loving general public of Sri Lanka saying, “Cricket is like religion to our spectators and they are an integral part actively partnering the game. Therefore, the administrators are also challenged when the players fail. He urged the players to deliver at the showpiece event, quoting from the famous saying of former US President, John F. Kennedy, ‘Ask not what the country can do for you, but ask what you can do for the country.’
Meanwhile, Mr. Vinith Gupta, Director of Kent Ro Systems, said, “It is a great pleasure to be here. Kent Ro is very happy to be the principal sponsor of the Sri Lanka cricket team. Sri Lanka is a very good team and I wish them all the best. Kent Ro is in the forefront in innovation technology has a very large base and over a decade in the business and it is a boost to the Sri Lanka team partnering with Kent Ro.
Mr. Shirendra Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of Mas Holdings said, “MAS has over the 14 years of our partnership with Sri Lanka Cricket, continued to deliver on our national heroes expectations, improving the performance characteristics of their clothing year on year to support the increased demands to elevate their on field performance.”
The event saw the original team T-Shirt and practice jersey handed to Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne followed by handpicked Kent RO models coming on stage showcasing the T-shirts and jerseys.
Skipper Karunaratne, while observing that the unfortunate events had deeply saddened the players, and that their original workout preparations had been somewhat hindered, however, reassured that the team was glued to performing to optimum potential at the World Cup that gets underway on May 30.
“Our aim is to win the world cup, and we are unfazed and will go step by step on each match,” he emphasised.
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-